Elizabeth DeRushe is the new math teacher for primarily ninth and tenth grade students. She went to Humboldt State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and earned her teaching credential from Sacramento State University. Currently, she is taking professional development courses. This is her eighth year teaching; she previously taught at Heritage High School for two years and Pleasant Grove High School for five years. DeRushe loves board and card games and Marvel movies. Her favorite one is Guardians of the Galaxy. DeRushe is passionate about education and works hard for her students. “I work so hard to produce a curriculum for students that helps them build important life skills, like logical thinking, perseverance, a growth mindset, and reasoning,” she says. “Math is not about the ‘algebra’ skills, it’s about the abstract thinking skills that you gain from using algebra in different contexts.”
Sandra Than is currently a senior at Washington High School. She was born in San Francisco but has lived in Fremont for most of her life. This is her first time writing for the paper, but she’s very excited to be a part of it. Arts and gaming is what she’s most interested in covering. As expected, Sandra herself indulges in painting and digital art both in school and outside. Through journalism, Sandra hopes to improve her writing skills and get to know more about relevant and important news.